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Return Of Direct Flights From Italy Major Boost For Tourism

The return of direct flights from Italy is being hailed by local stakeholders as a major boost for air connectivity out of Europe and for the upcoming winter tourist season. “The addition of these direct flights speaks to the confidence our airline partners have of the destination,” Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett told JIS News. Government officials, attraction and […]

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Economy Grew 5.2 Percent For January To September

Jamaica’s economy is estimated to have grown by 5.2 percent for the first nine months of 2022, from January to September. Director General, Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Dr. Wayne Henry, said the growth reflects positive performance for the Services industry, up 6.7 percent, and the Goods Producing Industry, up 0.6 percent. He pointed out that all industries, except ‘Mining, […]

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Jamaica Recovers from COVID-19 Downturn in All Major Tourism Markets

Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, says Jamaica has recovered from its COVID-19 downturn in all major markets to where a record 283,000 airline seats are now expected out of Canada for the upcoming winter tourist season. Mr. Bartlett, who is currently in Canada meeting with travel partners and other tourism interests, said it is an “amazing” reversal of fortune […]

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Stakeholders Upbeat About 2022/23 Winter Tourist Season

The impending inaugural visit on December 1 by the world’s largest cruise ship, the ‘Wonder of the Seas’, has heightened local stakeholders’ optimism about the prospect of a positive 2022/23 winter tourist season, especially for cruise shipping. Executive Director of Jamaica Vacations (JamVac), Joy Roberts, says Royal Caribbean Cruise Line’s decision to send their Oasis-class vessels to the island is […]

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Ambassador Marks Hails Jamaicans Who Won In Mid-Term Elections

Jamaica’s Ambassador to the United States (US), Her Excellency Audrey Marks, has extended congratulations to candidates of Jamaican heritage, who won in last Tuesday’s (Nov. 8) Mid-Term elections in the US.   Topping the list is Westley Omari Moore, who created history by being elected the first African American Governor of Maryland, and only the third Black person to be elected […]

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Kingston Is Growing As A Tourist Destination

Regional Director at the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB), Odette Soberam-Dyer, says Kingston is growing as a tourist destination and lauded Frontier Airlines for helping to push that growth. Speaking with journalists on November 7, on the arrival of passengers from the airline’s inaugural flight from Atlanta in the United States (US) to Kingston, the JTB official said, “It is a […]

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Jamaica’s Culture Lights Up US Capital City

Art, music, food, and other facets of the island’s rich cultural heritage were on full display in the United States capital city last weekend as the Jamaican Embassy in Washington DC continued its yearlong activities to celebrate Jamaica 60. The ‘Jamaica Fest’ event, held at the historic Hall of the Americas at the Organization of American States (OAS) headquarters, brought […]

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Tourist Arrivals Up For October

Jamaica’s tourism sector is on track for record arrivals for the month of October 2022, surpassing pre-pandemic levels. According to the Minister of Tourism, Hon. Edmund Bartlett, preliminary figures released by the Jamaica Tourist Board (JTB) for the first three weeks of October show stopover visitor arrivals of 123,514. This topped figures for the same period in October 2019 by […]

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Health Minister Concerned About Prevalence Of Kidney Disease Among Jamaicans

The prevalence of kidney disease among Jamaicans has become increasingly worrying, according to the Minister of Health and Wellness, Dr. the Hon. Christopher Tufton. The Minister was speaking with journalists after touring the Cornwall Regional Hospital’s (CRH) Renal Department on Friday (November 4) to view dialysis machines used to aid patients with renal failure. “There are 18 machines here [at […]

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New US$100 Million Resort-Style Development For Mo’bay

A new US$100 million luxury mixed resort-style residential development is coming to Montego Bay, which will provide some 300 jobs for Jamaicans.  Ground was officially broken on Friday (Oct. 21) for The Vista, which will be situated on Jimmy Cliff Boulevard, popularly known as the ‘Hip Strip.’  The project is a joint venture between C and H Property Development Company […]